## Requirements for the Minor in Astronomy & Astrophysics

The minor in astronomy and astrophysics consists of at least 12 credit hours of course work beyond the introductory calculus-based Physics courses (Physics 1250 and 1251) and the introductory calculus courses (Math 1151 and 1152).

Courses at the 1000-level may not be counted towards completion of the minor program.

If you complete the minor following the guidelines on this page, you should file a Minor Program Form with your college advisor.

If you wish to pursue any variation to the requirements, please consult with the Astronomy Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

### Required Prerequisites^{1}

**Semester Course****Credit Hours**Math 1151 Calculus I ^{2}5 Math 1152 Calculus II ^{2}5 Physics 1250/1250H Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and Waves 5 Physics 1251/1251H E&M, Optics, and Modern Physics 5

### Minor Program

The following 9 hours of courses are required.

**Required Semester Courses****Credit Hours**Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy 3 Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis 3

To complete the 12 credit hours required for the minor, pick one or more courses from the following list to total least 3 hours:

**Complete at least one of the following****Credit Hours**Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis ^{3}3 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology ^{3}3 Physics 2300 Intermediate Mechanics 1 ^{3}4 Physics 3470 Optics ^{3}3

### Notes:

- The listed prerequisites are required regardless of the final course chosen for the minor.
- Depending on which final course is chosen, additional prerequisites may be required.

**Physics 2300**requires that students complete**Math 2153**or equivalent, and**Astron 5681**and**5682**require that students complete Math 2415 or equivalent.

- Depending on which final course is chosen, additional prerequisites may be required.
- An acceptable substitute math sequence is
**Math****1151**-**1172.**- Students with appropriate placement may also substitute
**Math****1161**or**Math****1181H**or**4181H**instead.

- Students with appropriate placement may also substitute
- Only one of
**Astron 5681**,**Astron 5682**,**Physics 2300**, and**Physics 3470**will be required.- No overlap is allowed between a student's major and the Astronomy & Astrophysics Minor.

- No overlap is allowed between a student's major and the Astronomy & Astrophysics Minor.

### Other considerations

A student majoring in Physics or Math-Applied Option, where **Physics 2300 **and **2301** are required in the major program, cannot use these physics courses in the Astronomy & Astrophysics minor program.

For these students, the minor program would likely be **Astronomy 2291**, **2292**, **3350**, and either **Astronomy 5681** or **5682**.

For students whose major program does not include **Physics** **2300** or **Math** **2153**, the likely Astronomy & Astrophysics minor would be **Astronomy** **2291**, **2292**, **3350**, and **Physics 3470.**

Astronomy & Astrophysics minors are particularly encouraged to take **Astronomy 2895 (Topics in Astrophysics)**.

This one-credit course largely consists of lectures on contemporary research topics by various members of the Astronomy Department faculty and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.